Donald Trump froze badly needed aid to Yemen. Joe Biden can restore it.

The president has stopped supporting the Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen, but must also restore U.S. assistance for the struggling country, activists say


No mention of the unpleasant fact that the US was responsible for destroying the country in the first place…

Huffington Post: President Joe Biden took a big step toward resolving the world’s worst humanitarian crisis earlier this month by ending U.S. support for a Saudi-led coalition that is pummeling Yemen. But experts say that to truly alleviate suffering there, he needs to immediately end a Trump administration hold on more than $70 million in U.S. aid to the country.

By releasing the assistance, Biden would dramatically boost supplies of medical equipment and other life-saving material for the most populous areas in Yemen, where the coronavirus pandemic has created additional misery on top of the mass starvation, civilian deaths and devastation caused by years of war. And the U.S. president could send an important message globally ahead of a March 1 international conference to raise donations for the crumbling country.

On Thursday, activists working on Yemen policy at prominent progressive, relief and faith organizations released an open statement urging Biden to lift the pause. The message, shared with HuffPost before its release, praises the president’s “critical Yemen policy resets” but notes that, given the extent of Yemen’s collapse, “millions more are needed [in funds], in particular, for emergency stocks of personal protective equipment, ventilators, ICU beds, and other vital supplies.”

“The United States, through [the U.S. Agency for International Development], is one of the few countries that can mobilize the money and resources to procure and distribute them,” continues the message, which was organized by the Friends Committee on National Legislation and signed by more than 60 advocacy groups.  read more..

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